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14 Jun 2022
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No council option to retain Pelican Park playground
Woy Woy consultation open for three more weeks
Tesch encourages locals to have their say
Council holds 15-minute online information sessions
Peninsula News readers disadvantaged
Vietnam Veterans' case officer awarded OAM
Umina oval and leisure centre are major budget items
Council elections delayed more than two years
Labor call for council democracy 'sooner, not later'
Bonanza Book Fair to benefit PCYC
Maritime historian speaks to Umina Rotary club
Woy Woy library to be repainted
Car boot sales prove opportunity for Men's Shed
Rotary club raises $25,000 from Opera in Arboretum
Random patrols at shopping centre
New patron for Rotary club
Microplastics workshop to be held at Patonga
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More than 630 houses to be without power this month
Rotary club members collect $6000 for Salvos
Men's Shed to operate at two sites while shed is built
Senior surf presentation held at Diggers
Need for community education about trees, says GUST
Just 6mm in 16 days is well below average
Channel plan to cost $1.2M for five 'precincts'
Peninsula News launches Peninsula planning portal
Repair Pelican Park, don't remove it
Feeble justification for delay in council democracy
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Council operating budget needs to fix problems
Administrator should be replaced before election
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Active cases lowest since January 2
Baby baskets donated to mark branch birthday
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Sister Carmel Silvas retires after 49 years' nursing
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Music scholarships announced after annual concert
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Watercolour perspectives in the landscape
New art gallery from local artists
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'Come and try' outrigger canoes
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Bridge club to hold national qualifying event
Woy Woy in 28-0 rugby union defeat



Maritime historian speaks to Umina Rotary club

Local maritime historian Mr Peter Rea has given a talk the to the Rotary Club of Umina Beach.

Mr Rea was introduced as a Rotarian from Kincumber Rotary Club and a resident of the Coast for 50 years.

"He worked at Cockatoo Naval Docks as a fitter and machinist, and worked on the HMAS Vampire," said club president Mr Bruce Croft.

"He has also worked at the Sydney Maritime Museum.

"He formed the History, Heritage, Hunter, Hawkesbury Research Group and he is currently on the Heritage Committee of Central Coast Council."

Mr Rea showed photos of some "forgotten World War II defence sites" around the Coast including at Juno Point near Patonga, Westhead naval gun emplacement sites and Maitland Bay "where five large Japanese submarines were sunk".

He also showed the wartime airstrip on the Peninsula which became part of Trafalgar Ave.

Mr Rea told the club that HMAS Swan was the first Australian warship built at Cockatoo Island in 1932.

"He mentioned that the Hawkesbury River rail bridge, built in 1889, was at that time, the third largest river bridge in the world.

"The bridge eventually had to be rebuilt as the original pylons were not structurally sound."

Mr Rea spoke about the four shipyards at Davistown.

"The first ship was built in 1829 and, up to the end of World War II, 500 registered ships were built."

He mentioned the various shipwrecks in the Hawkesbury River including HMAS Parramatta, whose remains can still be seen.

He mentioned Peat Island and "its importance to our Nation's early history".

"Peter gave a great presentation on local history which generated a lot of interesting questions from members," said Mr Croft.

Club secretary Mr Mike Curley is pictured presenting Mr Rea with a Certificate of Appreciation.

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